This year’s CES may have been completely virtual and quite different from what we are used to, but it still served as an excellent introduction to the new tech that we can all look forward to in the coming year as we carry on with pandemic life. After going through the avalanche of the products that were introduced at CES, we have culled out the ones that we found most innovative and intriguing. So in alphabetical order, we present you with Gear Diary’s Best of CES 2021 Awards!
Back in late 2018, IK Multimedia surprised vintage synth lovers with their Uno Synth – a tiny monophonic device with capacitive buttons for the keys as well as numerous functions and a few knobs. The surprise was that while Uno Synth looked like a toy, it controlled and sounded like a pro-grade analog synth punching way above its price point. I have put dozens of hours into creating fun sounds with the Uno Synth, and so was thrilled to see IK announce the follow-up – the UNO Synth Pro and UNO Synth Pro Desktop.
You might think it odd for a company like John Deere to be at CES, but after spending an hour with them yesterday, I can completely understand. Even though I’ve spent much of my adult life in an agriculturally-focused town managing a cattle ranch, I’d never paid much attention to the tech being utilized by the farmers in my area to produce food and fiber for human consumption. My eyes have now been opened.
Samsung held its latest Unpacked event this morning, signaling the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and the Galaxy S21 Ultra. The latest Galaxy S21 phones have 5G, updated designs, hardware, and software, but the cameras are the star of the show.
Vespera, conceived as the perfect combination of a telescope and a camera, aims to make astronomy and astrophotography accessible to everyone. Telescopes can be heavy, cumbersome, and difficult to use; Vespera removes the telescope’s eyepiece and uses your mobile device as the viewfinder, in conjunction with their app. With the app, you can capture photos of galaxies, planets, nebulae, and more.
Even after we’re past the initial public health crisis of Covid-19, it’s likely many of the lessons regarding sanitizing and being aware of how germ-filled our world truly is. Smart Sanitizer Wellness Center is a new concept being introduced at CES, but it wouldn’t shock me if we see them all over the place very soon!
Gamers need lag-free gaming if they want that advantage over their competition and the ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) is about to make their claim for the best WiFi router for the gaming community. Sporting WiFi 6E, a 1.8 GHz 64-bit quad-core CPU with 1 GB RAM, and designed for heat dissipation, the ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000 will be hard to beat.
If you think about the products you buy to clean yourself and your home, you’ll recognize that in many cases, the first ingredient is water and the packaging is plastic. Proctor & Gamble has created the EC30 Line to address these issues. By removing water, liquid stabilizers, and fillers, these cleaning products contain only the essential ingredients. They are sustainable, and for every EC30 product purchased, conservation projects in the US are funded.
Sometimes you don’t think of two things as complementary, then when you see them together, it all clicks. The first person to combine peanut butter and jelly probably got some odd looks, and we all know bacon makes everything better. Another combo you might not consider, but that works surprisingly well? Led Zeppelin + Stern Pinball = Led Zeppelin Pinball!
I’ve long been a fan of V-MODA headphones, so I’m excited to report that they have just announced their first Bluetooth active noise-canceling headphones, the V-MODA M-200 ANC. Working in tandem with the new V-MODA app, listeners will be able to personalize their M-200 ANC noise cancellation level and their sound with EQ presets.
Kyocera has a solution for the men and women who work in challenging environments with its Duraforce Ultra 5G Rugged Smartphone. This phone will be the first 5G rugged smartphone on the Verizon network.
Nothing says CES like new laptops, and Acer has a whole crop of them for us! Whether you’re looking for an all-around workhorse or the chance to become a master gamer, you’re covered with the new Acer Predator Triton 300 SE, Acer Predator Helios 300, Acer Nitro 5, Acer Aspire 7, and the Acer Aspire 5.
Soundcore, Anker’s premium audio brand, took to the virtual stage the present the next generation of their Liberty truly-wireless earbud line, the Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro.
You can’t talk PC gaming without including Alienware, and that’s because they’ve consistently pushed the envelope of power and aesthetics to create computers that look amazing and perform even better. Brace yourself and get your gaming chair warmed up for the Alienware m15 and m17 R4 laptops and the Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R10 desktop!
This week, Sandisk, WD, and WD_BLACK have announced that four of their popular portable SSD lines will soon be available with 4TB updates. If you’re a photographer, content creator, or gamer, you’ll definitely want to check out the larger capacities now available in the SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD V2, SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD V2, WD_BLACK P50 Game Drive SSD, and the WD My Passport SSD.
Lenovo knows that we use our computers constantly as a tool to stay connected. They’re not just terminals; they’re the main tool determining if you’re getting your work done effectively. If you need a laptop that’s designed to help you power through, the Lenovo ThinkBook line is the gold standard, and the company has made an already impressive line of computers into an even more powerful lineup this year!
You might hear “Lenovo” and think “excellent business laptop,” but they do more than work hard. The Lenovo Legion line of gaming laptops aims to bring the same level of power and excellence to your gaming as they do to your day job (unless your day job title is Gamer). The latest Legion laptops and accessories are here to bring your gaming to the next level!
If you embraced MagSafe when Apple announced their iPhone 12 Pro in 2020, chances are you’ve been waiting for third-party accessory makers to start selling their iterations of MagSafe-compatible products. You can now upgrade your MagSafe-life with the Satechi Aluminum 2-in-1 Magnetic Wireless Charging Stand.
Like many people, I suffer from seasonal allergies. Apparently, I’m allergic to trees, which is unfortunate since they’re everywhere and kind of key to a healthy ecosystem. Luckily, companies are working on alternatives to popping copious amounts of Zyrtec. Fluo Labs Flo has a particularly intriguing concept, where they use handheld light therapy to reduce nasal inflammation caused by Allergic Rhinitis.
I’m all-in on the Arlo ecosystem, so I was pleased to see that they have two new products showing at CES including the Arlo Essential Indoor Camera and the Arlo Touchless Video Doorbell. Both sound intriguing, but we don’t yet have a lot of details.
Anker is one of those brands that, even if you don’t think they make it, I can almost guarantee that they do. So when I heard that they’d be at CES this year with a host of never before seen products, my interest was already piqued. So exactly what does the brand have in store for 2021? Read on!